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WSK Super Master Series rd 2, Franciacorta: OKJ final – Schaufler penalised, Antonov wins
Luca Basso
19 February 2023

[Translated with Google]

Tires: Vega

  • A breathtaking finale for OKJ, with as many as 12 drivers involved for a possible podium finish. But let's go in order: Lewis Wherrell (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM Racing) leads the race for all laps, but on the last lap he is overtaken by Stepan Antonov (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) while defending himself from Niklas Schaufler ( DPK Racing – KR – IAME).

  • Wherrell looks for the inside at the last hairpin, but Antonov doesn't leave too much space and forces the Briton to stay behind. Schaufler takes advantage of it, slips inside and flies straight to victory. Thus Schaufler, first, Antonov, second, and Wherrell, third, climb the podium.

  • However, the twist comes directly from the stewards, who assign a five-second penalty to Schaufler for a rear-end collision on Thibaut Ramaekers (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) on the third from last lap. The Austrian falls 14th, while Antonov is promoted to first position and thus celebrates his first victory in OKJ.

  • Wherrell was disappointed after a weekend practically dominated, but the Briton can be satisfied after missing the Lonato weekend due to an injury. Dries Van Langendonck (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM Racing) instead takes the lowest step of the podium.

  • Solid performance by Filippo Sala (Sodikart – Sodikart – TM Racing), fourth classified and now second in the championship, behind the new leader Antonov. After the podium in Lonato, Salim Hanna (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – Vortex) finishes fifth. Comeback of 10 positions for Kirill Dzitiev (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), sixth ahead of his teammate Scott Kin Lindblom (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), seventh.

  • Ramaekers finishes eighth, followed by Iacopo Martinese (KR Motorsport – KR – Iame), ninth and by Davide Bottaro (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), tenth after a recovery of 15 positions. Alp Hasan Aksoy (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), winner of the first round of Lonato, also climbed the classification considerably, with 19 positions gained and the final 13th place. Instead, Alfie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – Vortex) is 13th.

  • Protagonist to the end for the victory, Christian Costoya (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing) was pushed off the track by Martinese at the last hairpin bend of the last lap and retired. Furthermore, he is also disqualified from the final for a contact with Elliot Kaczynski (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex) on the first lap.

  • Finally, the weekend of Sebastian Lehtimäki (Koski Motorsport – Tony Kart – Vortex) ends with a 30th place. The Finn slips third in the championship.


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